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A Move to reinvent itself as a Hub of Nuclear Security Training in Asia-Pacific Area through the Establishment of INSA
- Mr. CHOI, Kwan-Gyu, director of Education and Training Division under Korea Institute of Nuclear Nonproliferation and Control (KINAC)

2012 Seoul Security Summit has increased the importance of nuclear security among the international community. The issue can no longer be solved by individual countries and ations must work together in order to secure nuclear energy from any threat. In addition, without strengthening nuclear security worldwide, it would not be possible to make a transparent use of nuclear energy on a peaceful purpose.

Under the circumstances, ‘education on nuclear security’ is emerging as an important issue in a bid to tight up the security. The training can work most efficiently only if the international community acts together.

We met with the director Choi, who will head the security man force training and talked about the things: how far our nuclear security has come; where he thinks it heads for; future education plan on the nuclear security.

- Happy to meet you. Could you introduce the role of Education & Training Division in KINAC?

“It provides relevant training and education programs to ensure a peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The program involves laws related to safeguards and physical protection. Currently, it is committed to producing drill books, planning and operating programs, and contacting instructors.”

- What is the top priority regarding education agenda?

“ This while, nuclear education has its focus primarily on producing nuclear specialists on nuclear safety and NPP maintenance.
Considering the nuclear energy is a sensitive matter in both political and diplomatic terms, Korea should work toward creating programs that help stop nuclear proliferation and diversion as well as strengthen NPT regime. Only then would it be possible to boost trust among countries and use the energy on a broader scale. Furthermore, I believe it would encourage a more transparent use of nuclear energy in South Korea.”

- I heard that Korea Institute of Nonproliferation and Control (KINAC) is currently building International Nuclear Security Academy (INSA).

“Yes, that’s right. At the first Nuclear Security Summit, the importance of nuclear security was posed and nuclear terrorism was noted as the biggest threat to international security and strong measure was recognized as the only effective measure to stop it. Korea then committed to build nuclear security academy namely International Nuclear Security Academy (INSA) and open it to the international society. INSA is now under construction in Daejeon and will be completely by 2014.

-What is the purpose of INSA and what facilities will be built in the center?

“INSA will administer performance tests on nuclear security facilities and equipments as well as actual training. It will also manage across-the-board training and technical development on non-proliferation and nuclear security. Trespassing simulation for reactor security, sensor tests and search/entrance control system for radioactive terror prevention will be built according to critical circumstances as security training and test facilities. Moreover, we are planning to develop educational programs through close cooperation with international organizations such as IAEA and Asia-Pacific Cooperation and start nuclear security training for personnel in countries scheduled for nuclear reactor imports.”

-What is the present condition on international nuclear security education? And what is the management strategy of INSA?

“As I told you before, Japan and China are aware of the importance of educational training on nuclear security and are building facilities similar to Korea’s INSA. This initiation was made possible because in Nuclear Security Summit, Japan and China made commitment to follow Korea and build INSA.”

“Korea is planning to operate comprehensive training on nonproliferation--such as export control education for new comer countries introducing nuclear power as along with nuclear security and safety measures--as the main program. We aspire to make INSA, as the nuclear security training hub of Asia-Pacific region with the help of professionals from IAEA and the United States.


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